Fans hoping to attend Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco Sunday better have deep pockets. After all the costs are added up -- tickets, airfare, lodging -- an eager NFL enthusiast might part ways with a paycheck or two when it's all said and done.
Tickets to the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $12, nowadays that would get a fan about 1.2 beers while they watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers play in Levi's Stadium. Read below for a quick breakdown of the costs associated with going to the Super Bowl.
You can't attend the game if you don't have a ticket. The average ticket to Super Bowl 50 was going for $4,085 Thursday, according to secondary-market ticket search engine Seat Geek. The price dropped as the week went along, coming down from more than $5,300 Sunday night. Even if prices continue to drop, tickets are hard to come by and fans who want to go have to be willing to part with a fair chunk of change.
"For the regular fan trying to get to the Super Bowl, getting a ticket at face value is almost impossible," said Cameron Papp, spokesman of secondary marketplace StubHub, according to MarketWatch.
If a fan was feeling flush with cash, as of Thursday a ticket for a spot in a suite atLevi's Stadium was listed for $240,000 on StubHub.
Flying to San Francisco could drain potential Super Bowl-goers of several hundred bucks. Late in the week, the cheapest option on Kayak to travel to the city from Denver was $645 round trip. The Coloradoan reported that earlier in the week -- if you delayed your flight home by one day -- you could do the trip for as little as $334. Getting to San Francisco from Charlotte, North Carolina, cost at least $662 on Kayak.
Hotel rooms in the Bay Area during Super Bowl weekend were going for pretty high prices, according to Priceline data cited by Forbes. Three-star options in San Francisco were ranging from $154-$830 and $159-$794 in San Jose. Four star rooms ranged from $284-$1,204 in San Francisco and $289-$1,999 in San Jose. Many hotels have been completely booked, however, especially those closest to the stadium's location in Santa Clara, California.